Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Shop Wisely … Tips for Buying

  • When purchasing from a dealer, choose one with a good reputation
  • Request a written guarantee or written verification of authenticity
  • Get a receipt that includes all the vital information about your purchase, including price, maker, and maker’s Tribal affiliation
  • Familiarize yourself with the different materials and types of American Indian arts and crafts, as well as the indicators of a well-made, handcrafted piece
  • Realize that authentic handmade pieces may be expensive… if a price seems too good to be true, be sure to ask more questions about the item and its maker
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